As cool as the 5.3 million Lego X-wing fighter, the toymaker was built in Times Square, the ship does not actually fly. That's what makes Lego's latest over-the-top build even more impressive. There are over a million pieces of Lego Technic in this lively Bugatti Chiron, as well as 2,304 small Lego-electric motors, so it's actually powered at speeds of over 18 miles per hour.
It is obviously much slower than an actual Bugatti Chiron, which has a top speed of 261 miles per hour. But equally impressive is an engineering feat like genuine car, like someone who has built with Lego all my life, I can not even start winding my mind around the logistics to recreate a functioning Chiron by spending over a million interlocking plastic pieces. Lego started construction in September 2017 (after months of planning) and just completed a few months ago.
Surprisingly, there is not a single drop of glue in the copy, as Lego's champion builders often use to make bigger creations together. However, to make it powered by four wheels, and to support the weight of 1 500 pounds of plastic, a human driver and a passenger, the vehicle is supported on a minimal steel frame that also includes minimal non-Lego parts for the vehicle's fuel.
Everything else, from work head and tail lights, to doors that open and close to a sumptuously detailed blocked interior (with steering wheel, dashboard, shifter, seats, brake pedal and mirror) is made of Lego brick or Lego Technic pieces. To get the colors right, Lego had to produce 56 new parts for this building, which took over 13 400 hours to complete. How much do you think this Chiron is insured?
Even Chiron's engine is made by Lego.
Chiron's frame is strong enough to support both driver and passenger.
The spoiler automatically increases and decreases, but at 18 miles per hour it probably does not generate much downforce.
Lego even had to build a custom low-speed screwdriver, out of Lego, to adjust the car's cylinder temperatures.
The plastic cover is somehow more lavish than my car is.
Replicas look almost perfect, but it's under the hood, or more accurately, inside the suitcase, it's most impressive. Lego coupled 2,304 of its Technics engines with 2,016 axles and 4,032 plastic drives, to create a functional electric motor that generates upwards of 5.3-horsepower. It's not nearly enough power to satisfy slam you back in your seat while accelerating in this chiron, but it's enough to get the model up to over 18 miles per hour, which is nothing to cope with.
Lego has no plans to put this Bugatti Chiron into production, as they printed the instruction manuals alone to undoubtedly cost you hundreds of dollars in shipping. You must be happy with this much smaller copy of the ultimate dream car instead – at least it's easier to park.